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Glorifying the American Girl (1929)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Musical | 7 December 1929 (USA)
The rise of a showgirl, Gloria Hughes, culminating in a Ziegfeld extravaganza "Glorifying the American Girl".

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Eddie Cantor - Appearance in Revue Scenes
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Helen Morgan - Appearance in Revue Scenes
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Rudy Vallee - Appearance in Revue Scenes
Dan Healy ...
Kaye Renard ...
'Mooney'
Edward Crandall ...
Buddy
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Barbara (as Olive Shea)
Sarah Edwards ...
Mrs. Hughes
Singing and Dancing Chorus of Seventy-Five Glorified Beauties ...
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Gloria, Barabara and Buddy are working at the sheet music counter in a New York department store. On a trip of the whole store, Gloria, who's in love with Buddy, is spotted by vaudeville hoofer Miller, whom his partner Mooney, like her predecessors, has just left. Miller tours with Gloria and both are spotted by Ziegfeld's talent scouts, just before they were splitting up, leaving Gloria with a contract giving Miller a part of her earnings in the next few years. Gloria becomes the star of a new Ziegfeld production, but Barbara, who has been pining for buddy for quite a while, seems to have more luck with him. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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With a galaxy of Broadway's famous stars- See how Broadway's darlings are glorified! (Print Ad-The Evening Tribune,((Providence, R.I.)) 5 December 1929)

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Comedy | Drama | Musical

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Passed
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7 December 1929 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Glorificação da Beleza  »

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(Raymond Rohauer print)

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(Western Electric System)

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| (2-strip Technicolor) (some sequences)

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1.20 : 1
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Eddie Cantor, Helen Morgan and Rudy Vallee are listed early in the credits, and are NOT in the comprehensive cast list presented later. Because of this, the IMDb cast list uses all actor names in order of being printed in the credits. See more »

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Soundtracks

A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody
(1919) (uncredited)
Written by Irving Berlin
Sung by a chorus in the opening montage
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when music was music
12 October 2007 | by See all my reviews

Marilyn Miller was NOT the star of this film. Marilyn Miller was a beautiful TALL, leggy showgirl who was Broadway's brightest star of the 20s. She was in "Sally", "Sunny" - she also filmed them in 1929 and 1930.

The star of "Glorifying the American Girl" was Mary Eaton. Mary Eaton was picked by Ziegfeld in the 20s to be the successor to Marilyn Miller (because Miss Miller was getting uppity.) She replaced Miss Miller in "Kid Boots" with Eddie Cantor.

Mary Eaton, in my opinion, couldn't hold a candle to Marilyn Miller. I think Mary Eaton was showcased far better in "The Cocoanuts" (1929).

I loved this film because this is my era - I feel so at home watching musicals and movies from the late 20s, early 30s - the songs are so catchy.

I loved the start as it showed girls from all over America walking to Broadway and instantly went into Mary Eaton singing "No Foolin'". I also liked Olive Shea - I was glad when she got her "Buddy" -she seemed quite a natural actress. I didn't particularly like Mary Eaton - she didn't seem very starry eyed - she came across as tough and jaded.

Helen Morgan's song I loved but I also thought Eddie Cantor's skit went on far too long.


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